3900 North Hydraulic
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Year Established 1900
The Outdoor Company
W.C. Coleman could see the light for the darkness. The young salesman was taking a stroll after a hard day's work selling typewriters, & spotted a new type of lamplight in a drugstore window in Brockton, Alabama. This new light burned with a strong, steady white flame & was fueled by gasoline. The standard lamp of the era burned kerosene & produced a smoky, flickering, yellowish light. W.C. was stricken with very poor eyesight, & was very interested in this new, steady white light that enabled him to read even the smallest print in books & on medicine bottles. Coleman saw potential in the new light, & through his vision a new company was born that would put America's farms & ranches in a new light, & would eventually make his name synonymous with outdoor fun.
The Coleman Company, headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, is an international leader in the innovation and marketing of outdoor products, including its legendary lanterns as well as stoves, tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, coolers, furniture, and grills.
Brands: Coleman, Stearns, Sevylor.